Sopies Grandma
By Sopies Grandma Latest Reply 2015-02-22 15:57:19 -0600
Started 2015-02-20 10:49:31 -0600

Starting the past Monday I decided that I needed a vacation from diabetes, from all the Meds, the insulin, and all the testing, from checking my feet every night, and I am totally sick of getting up at 2 am to check my B?G, which drops every night to dangerous levels, last night it dropped to 38.
So I decided to take 4 days off. Which I hate to admit I enjoyed, but during those 4 days I came to realized that doing all these things were not really overwhelming but rather I was taking control of my health, by doing all these things daily. Even though I hate doing some of these things I do enjoy being in control of my life. its all up to me. so Now I'm back to taking all my meds, insulin and everything else, but its different now. It wasn't really all the things that I have to do to manage my Diabetes that was stressing me out, it was my attitude towards it. so I guess its safe to say I had an attitude adjustment…:)

17 replies

GabbyPA 2015-02-22 15:53:10 -0600 Report

Extreme measures sometimes create great results. Even if it's out of what we know we should be doing. Sometimes our mind and body are at odds and someone has to settle that fight. It seems that you did just that. I know I have run out of insulin or my meds due to cash flow issues and it makes me take a step back and observe, and what I learn goes with me to try to make sure I fix that situation.

Attitude is always a huge part of the equation and I am glad that you found that though you may not like what you need to do, it's still what you need to do. Since that part can't change, only our actions and attitudes can change it, and you were able to find that nugget of wisdom.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-21 15:58:03 -0600 Report

HI Sopies. Grandma,
I can't believe you gave up your insulin for the sake of a vacation. Do you really realize what you could have done to yourself? I am so grateful all worked out fine and you've learned from it. I look at it as diabetes is now my way of life. I control it, it does not control me. Examining my feet I just play off as a girly thing. I exam then cream them up. I keep my toe nails painted and feet soft, a girly thing. When I was on insulin twice a day and another after each meal, I was faithful. I didn't like the alternatives of not being faithful. I value my life way to much. I'm so glad you enjoyed your vacation and you have a renewed outlook. We all want you around for a long time…Hugs, VL

RosalieM 2015-02-21 11:41:49 -0600 Report

Sopies Grandma,
You just took a big step toward a long and healthy life. You can get to a place where you don't have to do so much to take care of your diabetes. It is all about diet. There is lots of information here by people who are doing it

lilleyheidi 2015-02-21 03:17:05 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear that the stress of testing and insulin and diet and all those necessary things got to you. Diabetes burn out can be real for a lot of folks. I'm happy that you learned so much from it and were able to share that knowledge here. Being in control of your life instead of letting life control you is so much better. Take things one day at a time, or one meal at a time, or one blood test at a time. Congrats on learning a hard lesson.

suecsdy 2015-02-20 13:59:56 -0600 Report

Wow, do you know why your bg drops so low at night? Whilemy nos. are in good control, the only time I had to worry about going that low was the other night when I was fasting for a medical procedure. I did drop to 52, but a little soda brought me back up again. I do not have the courage to not take the insulin, but admit to not always taking the blood pressure meds and question the cholesterol med. I don't mind the testing so much, until I get a number I don't like, then I get mad at it.Lol

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-20 20:14:32 -0600 Report

We don't know why my numbers drop so low at night. I eat a big meal in the evening and then a snack at bed time, and then I hope for the best. But I set my alarm for midnight, and 2 am, and 5 am and 7 am…its a bit too much sometimes. but what the heck, the saying goes…what doesn't kill ya only makes you better…LOL

RebDee 2015-02-20 13:59:49 -0600 Report

Grandma, you d'bomb!! I think I might try that attitude adjustment for myself. Thank God I no longer take any medication for my Diabetes but I do worry about meals and exercise. My new phone tells me how many steps I take in a day. So for now and for this weekend, I am not planning to exercise but to just register my steps and eat what I want (I can't eat more than half a meal since surgery). I'll let you know how it works out.

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-20 20:32:58 -0600 Report

thank you for the encouragement, What kind of phone keeps track of your steps? wow. my phone is sooo uber cheap, but hey, it works…LOL
and yes please let me know how that works for you.

RebDee 2015-02-21 21:24:57 -0600 Report

Just got the Samsung 5 that has all kinds of apps including ones for health. It has pulse, steps, food. Very interesting.

Type1Lou 2015-02-20 13:20:01 -0600 Report

Congratulations for truly accepting your diagnosis. It truly is up to each and every one of us to make the right diabetes management decisions.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-20 12:04:40 -0600 Report

In everything there is a lesson…knowing this has kept me going through some pretty difficult times in my life…and I like to believe that all of the struggles I have endured have made me into the person I am today..I am glad you made it through your 4 day vacation without harm…and I am even gladder.that you learned a valuable lesson..huggles..

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-20 12:01:26 -0600 Report

I never take a vacation from my medications. I need them to live and I don't want to create health problems for myself. Maybe if you didn't hate doing the things that will help you live it wouldn't be so bad. Hate is a big word and carries a lot of unnecessary weight and can create stress.

I read another response that I do not agree with at all. Not everyone falls into that category. If you put things into perspective and keep them there and make adjustments as needed then things will be on a more even level.

When it comes to my health, well being and piece of mind, I always keep things in perspective. That is how I am. If it takes a strict regimen to keep me healthy then I am going to stick to it.

I am not on insulin but I eat healthy meals. Everything i do for to keep my blood sugar at a great level is now a part of my daily routine. I just automatically do what I have to do when I have to do it.

It is all about how each person views their lives. I look at it this way. How valuable is my life to me. Would I be able to buy it back if I have to? The key is to do what is best for your health and what makes you happy. I intend to be happy, I am never going to be overwhelmed with diabetes and I control my diabetes, it does not control me. I have diabetes, it does not have me. I dance like there is no tomorrow. Good luck to you.

sweetslover 2015-02-20 11:46:25 -0600 Report

I am so glad your "vacation" did you some good. I believe we all need an occasional break from strict regimens in order to survive. It helps us put things into perspective.